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IDW and Smithsonian announce graphic novel publishing program

The partnership will also produce coloring books for all ages.

IDW Publishing and the Smithsonian Institution have announced a multi-year global publishing program aimed at creating graphic novels focused on cultural and scientific knowledge, as well as coloring books for all ages.

The first graphic novel series Times Trials will be aimed at middle-grade readers and is inspired by the National Museum of American History video series. It arrives beginning in Fall 2020.


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“The most energizing thing about working with the Smithsonian’s curators, researchers, and zookeepers is that these are not just experts in their fields: they’re storytellers,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s President, Publisher, and CCO in a statment. “Together, we’ll use the unique power of comics to entertain, inspire, and educate readers of all ages about the wonders of history, science, technology, culture, and more.”

“We’re excited to work with the IDW team and share the full breadth of the Smithsonian’s extraordinary collections and research with readers around the world,” added Carol LeBlanc, President of Smithsonian Enterprises. “We can’t wait to see world-class writers and artists bring the Smithsonian mission to diverse audiences in innovative, accessible, and engaging new ways.”

“Comics can communicate complex ideas in the blink of an eye,” said Justin Eisinger, IDW’s Editorial Director, Graphic Novels & Collections. “As our art form becomes increasingly central to the work of educators and librarians, this program presents a unique and important opportunity to align IDW’s mission of quality graphic storytelling with the Smithsonian’s quest to share information with curious minds everywhere.”

“Award-winning books like March and They Called Us Enemy have demonstrated the massive potential of graphic nonfiction that’s infused with literary richness, visionary artwork, and personal passion,” said Leigh Walton, Editor and Marketing Director for IDW’s Top Shelf imprint. “With the brilliant minds at the Smithsonian, I’m thrilled to apply those same values to explore untold stories and new frontiers around the world and throughout the universe.”

The graphic novels and coloring books published through IDW and the Smithsonian’s collaboration will be available at your local comic book store, bookstores, libraries, museums, and ebook vendors.

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